Ahead of his history-making Glastonbury set, Stormzy was understandably proud to share its significance with the world.
However, while he is the first black British male solo performer and rapper to headline the festival’s famous Pyramid Stage, he actually got it wrong when he said he was the first black British artist – as Skin, the frontwoman of 1990s rock band Skunk Anansie, has pointed out.
Skunk Anansie, famous for hits including Weak, Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good) and Brazen (Weep), were Glastonbury headliners in 1999, along with REM and Manic Street Preachers.
After realising his error, Croydon-born Stormzy, real name Michael Omari, has now apologised to the singer for his mistake.
He tweeted: “Skin from the band Skunk Anansie was actually the first black artist to headline glasto she done it with her band in 1999 no disrespect intended and MASSIVE salute to you – my apologies! @skinskinny.”
The grime star’s initial tweet said: “I an (sic) first black British artist to headline Glastonbury.
“At 25 years old I am the second youngest solo act to ever headline Glastonbury, the youngest being a 24 year old David Bowie in 1971.
“I’m overwhelmed with emotions, this is the most surreal feeling I’ve ever experienced.”
Skin, real name Deborah Anne Dyer, had posted about Skunk Anansie’s Glastonbury achievements over the weekend.
She wrote: “Sorry Stormzy but we beat you to it in 1999! 20 years ago! And while we’re on topic, I was the first black Woman too! @beyonce Wishing you an awesome nite tho, Kill it! You’re amazing and we’re all very proud. ps. Real question is why it took 20 years!”
Stormzy replied to her post on Instagram writing: “No disrespect intended I’m very sorry my apologies! Thank you for paving the way – love & respect.”
Singer Beverley Knight was among the stars praising Skin for the way she handled the situation, writing on Instagram: “So much GRACE and TRUTH in this comment. Yes sis!”
Skunk Anansie are still together and currently touring the UK and Europe.